Every day is a learning experience.
As a homeschooling family, the lessons learned are more intentional, but none the less, each day is full of learning experiences.
Being my children’s teacher has been one of the greatest blessings of my life.
Yes, the responsibility of this tremendous task is at times overwhelming, but I wouldn’t change it for the world!
The time spent with my boys, (and my husband when he is able to join us), is precious.
Yet, in all of this, I am not the only one who does the teaching.
Each day, my boys say and do things that teach me incredibly valuable lessons.
Seeing life through their eyes has been one of the greatest learning experiences I have ever encountered.
What have they taught me?
It is ok to take our time. In fact, it’s often best!
Whether it be in academics, or just life in general, sometimes it is best to take our time.
It is perfectly acceptable for me to let my children take their time in their school work! It is ok to spend a whole day on one subject, or a whole day reading a good book. It’s ok!
I have a difficult time with this one.
My type A personality wants things done at a certain time. Yet my struggling child needs a more relaxed environment in which to learn. He learns at his own pace, and that is ok. However, spending more time on anything is good for everyone. Not just the struggling student.
I have had to learn that it is ok to slow down! It is ok to give ourselves that little piece of extra time.
It is ok to relax!
Being able to be silly and laugh at ourselves is vital!
Sometimes we just need to let our hair down, sing into the hairbrush, or bust a move.
And if we happen to make a fool out of ourselves? Laugh!!
None of us is perfect! Not one!
Its ok to laugh at ourselves. In fact, I’ve learned that it releases stress. It helps me relax.
Life is a much more difficult place when we take everything too seriously.
Flexibility is key!
One of the many joys of homeschooling is the flexibility.
With 3 kids, I have to learn to be flexible. Every day brings a new lesson in flexibility.
I love sticking to my schedule. I love checking items off the To Do list.
Yet, sometimes my schedule gets thrown out the window.
I’ve had to learn to be ok with this. I’ve had to focus on the good that comes from not following the schedule.
Keep things in perspective.
While at the zoo with our boys, we were discussing the various animals we had seen.
We were discussing hippos and their fierceness, when I said that I would never want to face one in the wild.
That standing face to face with a wild hippo would mean certain death.
My son chimes in with, “If I am ever face to face with a wild hippo, I would just get excited for heaven.”
He wasn’t trying to be silly or make a joke. He was completely serious.
As silly as this little story may sound, it drives home the idea of perspective.
What is our daily focus? Where does our perspective lie?
Are we so focused on the beast in front of us that we fail to see the bigger picture?
A little encouragement goes a long way.
On those difficult days when nothing seems to come easily, and everything seems to be going wrong,
a little word of encouragement from my husband or myself can dry those tears of frustration and bring a glimmer of hope to our sweet boys.
I remember once when our boys were small, I had taken them to the grocery store in an attempt to purchase the week’s groceries.
They were small and crazy and I was just trying to keep it together.
An extremely kind and understanding woman approached me and said, “You’re doing great! Cherish these days. They pass too quickly.”
Those sweet words brightened my day in so many ways. I was able to finish our shopping with a new determination and appreciation.
Small words of encouragement go a long way.
Never underestimate the power of an encouraging word, smile, or hug.
While I love being my children’s teacher, it is them who teach me. And the sweetest part? They don’t even know they’re doing it.